I suggest Golden’s Polymer Varnish Gloss. I have a video about this that will best answer your question. www.FineArtTips.comwww.LoriMcNee.comLori McNee artist demonstrates how to gesso a hardboard panel for painting. Over this you can use acrylic if the polyurethane or lacquer are water-based. (6) Once you finish applying all sealer coats and it is dry to the touch, I recommend to apply one or two coats of a primer, such as an acrylic gesso, especially to the front surface to regain surface tooth. Both application processes require some practice. That’s a very interesting question. Sounds like you have some fun projects in the works. After priming and painting, what do you recommend as a final step as a sealer once the painting is complete? (By the way, Pollock did not use wood for his paintings). Since it is for placemats and not fine art paintings, I recommend you follow all the steps you mentioned, except once you are finished pouring, and the placemats are all complete, I suggest using a commercial product meant for kitchen counters – like a polyurethane for a final sealing coat over the whole project – paint, cork and MDF. If your first layer of paint (you are using your run off paint from a pour) is thinly applied, or thin in consistency it will probably adhere well to the sealed wood. One of the best methods in producing and learning realistic oil paintings I've ever found. But happy . 3658 Cerrillos Road, C6 Second coat seemed to go fine. Most varnishes come with options for sheen as gloss, matte or satin. I am assuming you sealed the wood on all exposed surfaces including the back. Supports naturally contain impurities that can cause an amber yellow discoloring to any light colored or clear acrylic layer that is applied to the wood unless the support is sealed properly. Even if you don’t plan on having it outdoors, that will mean you will be giving it maximum protection. While acrylic painters do not have this same issue, sealing is still an important step for using acrylic paint on wood, to eliminate Support Induced Discoloration (SID). Join Nancy’s mailing list to subscribe to her blogposts & newsletter. Please let me know which type of panel support you used. https://thepaintingadvice.com/can-you-use-oil-paint-on-wood So it is misleading in its name. However, all you really need to do is prime the panel face that will be painted. And i dont think i’ve ever commented on a post in my life. A sealer protects the underlying layer or material. Home Depot, Walmart or other paint suppliers all carry clear gloss sprays that should work well. JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. Ive been asking art retailers, hardware stores, renovationists etc, but i have yet to ask a fine artist. Priming usually uses Gesso – which is matte, and absorbent, and this is important because the main function of priming is to add adhesion strength between surface and the first paint layer applied. They are good ones! by Nancy Reyner | Mar 14, 2017 | Blog | 177 comments. I want to paint with ink and watercolours on wood. Sometimes titanium white pigment is also added to the mix for brightness. There is no need to heavily sand, just an easy swipe with the sandpaper will suffice. After painting apply another sealing coat using the same product you used to first seal the wood. TRADITIONAL GESSO Traditional gesso (Italian for gypsum) was made by mixing together rabbit-skin glue, chalk or gypsum, and white pigment. oz containers and were easy to rotate in my hand for easy mixing so the possibility of the contents being separated in the container was virtually impossible after mixing. So sealing is important regardless of whether you will paint on it, leave it as is, or paint using ink, watercolor, acrylic or oil. You could skip filling in the cracks to create a smooth mural surface if that isn’t important to you. 1. Once your painted wood is finished, before wrapping it or storing it, you want to wait a full 2 weeks for all the layers to fully “cure”. I applied rather thin, normal coats, nothing too thick. (2) Lay the panel flat on a table, propping it up several inches on all four corners with jars, wood props, etc to allow for wiping away any drips, and ease of application. Since you will be using the Indo boards, you will want to use commercial grade (instead of fine art grade) paints and sealing products that will protect your board and painting during regular wear and tear with use. Priming would be an additional step, after sealing, that would be beneficial to painting with any type of paint. It is made from a thin base of RSG and inert white pigments. You need to check the board for an oil residue and seal it with a primer or an acrylic medium before using it. Thank you for your very detailed and most informative descriptions. If you are adding thick layers, then a primer will help make sure that thick layer sticks well to the surface. Required fields are marked *. If not, you may want to apply an acrylic gloss medium over the canvas back to keep any moisture entering the painting through the back. -can pouring medium be used as a sealer and top coat? The reason for my rambling is that many artists confuse the products and functions of sealing with priming – and they are very different. Less expensive versions are available through Dick Blick and other online sites. $5.38 - $359.40. I often extend drying periods between steps because I’m overly cautious and in no hurry. Below is the finish gessoed masonite cradled panel. Thank you for such detailed information. Optionally apply more coats if you desire a more saturated seal. Because of the oil based paint, using regular unprimed paper will disintegrate in a matter of months, but the gesso act as a barrier, protecting the paper. Is it the same process ? GOLDEN has recently changed their advice saying that their Acrylic Gloss Medium works better as a seal then their medium called GAC100. I also have to agree i am grateful for your articles and your artwork is beautiful. I have a question I’m hoping you can answer. 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